ESPN said Sunday it fired an employee and suspended an anchor for using “offensive and inappropriate comments” in its coverage of Asian-American Knicks phenomenon Jeremy Lin.
The moves come after ESPN apologized for a headline that appeared on ESPN.com’s mobile website following the Knicks’ 89-85 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday.
The phrase, which carries obvious racial overtones when used in reference to a person of Asian descent, appeared on the site for more than 30 minutes before being removed at around 3:05 a.m. ET on Saturday.
The expression was also used by ESPN anchor Max Bretos on Wednesday when he asked a question about Lin’s weaknesses during an interview with Hall of Fame guard Walt Frazier.
The network announced Sunday that it had fired the employee responsible for the headline and was suspending an anchor for 30 days for “offensive and inappropriate comments” used during its coverage of Lin. The anchor is reportedly Bretos.
ESPN also said Sunday it had learned a similar phrase was used by ESPN Radio New York. ESPN said that it had not taken action for the radio incident because the commentator was not an ESPN employee.
“We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin,” ESPN said in a statement. “His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future.”
No Chink in Armor today! lol!
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